NEW YORK, Jan. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Corporate Secretary, the leading governance and compliance publication, is excited to announce the winners of its Fifth Annual Corporate Governance Awards. Celebrated at a black-tie awards dinner at New York City's Gotham Hall on January 8, the event recognized leading companies and professionals in the corporate governance, compliance and legal community for demonstrating innovation and best practices in the field of governance. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130109/NY38581LOGO ) Winners of the Fifth Annual Corporate Governance Awards Corporate governance team of the year (large cap): Allstate (NYSE: ALL) Corporate governance team of the year (small to mid-cap): Krispy Kreme Governance professional of the year (large cap): Peggy Foran – Prudential Financial Governance professional of the year (small to mid-cap): Damien Atkins – AOL Best overall governance, compliance & ethics (large cap): American Express Best overall governance, compliance & ethics (small to mid-cap): AECOM Best overall corporate governance – international: Manulife Best use of technology by a corporate secretary or general counsel: Parker Hannifin Most innovative CSR disclosure policy: Clorox Best overall legal team for governance: Trimas Best proxy statement: The Hartford Financial Services Group Rising Star: Megan Pavich – AllstateMatthew Scott, editor of Corporate Secretary, congratulated the winners: 'Our 2012 awards ceremony was postponed until January 2013 due to Hurricane Sandy, so it is wonderful to finally give these outstanding individuals and companies the recognition they deserve. Our award winner's hard work has provided shining examples of corporate governance, compliance and ethics management, which can help companies eliminate fraud and become more efficient and profitable while complying with tougher regulations.' The Fifth Annual Corporate Governance Awards are sponsored by American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, Broadridge, Computershare/Georgeson, EMC Corporation, General Electric, Gibson Dunn, Laurel Hill Advisory Group, MacKenzie Partners, NASDAQ OMX, Okapi Partners and the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals.